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11 Mistakes To Avoid When Boarding A Taxicab

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On this post we are going to discuss some of the mistakes you should avoid as a passenger when boarding a taxicab. Avoiding these mistakes would safe you some troubles that could cost something valuable and in some cases life if care is not taken.

It’s true that we all need a taxicab at some point to move from one location to another as we journey and move around during the course of our activities and engagements either as foreigner in city or citizen just commuting to another location.

In other to experience seamless transit, it’s important to be cognizant of these mistakes and try avoiding them when you are in taxi for a ride.

1. Taking a Ride With Car-Windows Open

Some passengers don’t care much about open window and would jump in with both feet at any taxi available to them, so long as it takes them to destination. But in today’s modern age you deserved more than just a ride. Not only would a completely closed window gives you a pleasant purring sound as car get into motion but also do the following;

1. Shut out unpleasant air and dust from finding its way into the car which is unhealthy for you.
2. Mitigate theft and keep criminals & hoodlum from having leeway and free access to snatching your gadget or belongings away through the window especially when in heavy traffic and dangerous areas.
3. Keep desperate hawkers away from flashing and dangling their products right into your face when in traffic which could be very annoying particularly if you are not very interested in their product.
4. A completely closed window give you a slight advantage at some check point for easy pass especially if the car gleams, as officers at times believe with experience that such vehicle won’t ply the road without satisfying all requirements. This obviously safe your travel time and increases your chances of arriving destination as early as possible.

Boarding a cab with a working Air Conditioning system will give you all of these benefits as window won’t have to be wind-down for inflow of air.

2. Car Doors Un-Lock During Transit

It is very important to have all the car doors locked centrally as soon as the car gets into motion especially if you travel as a family and have your kids with you.

With burning desire and bubble curiosity of these young minds, the child may get tempted to pull the door-handle; at times intentionally and sometimes unintentionally; and before anyone could realize anything, the door is already widely open with car still in motion(“Naija movie scene in action, lo”), thereby posing serious threat to everyone in there and to other road user. Tell the driver to turn it all locked centrally as soon as you get into the car in other to checkmate the likely occurrence.

Also, having your car doors all locked during transit makes it difficult for unauthorized person outside to have access into your car at traffic, check point and other stop overs; giving you little control and time cushion which maybe critical to try safe yourself in case of a desperate attack.

Inform the driver as soon as the car get moved to turn it locked centrally, and make sure you confirmed it locked by attempting a pull.

3. Sitting In Front Passenger’s Seat:

Sitting right in front of a car may give you chance to have a better view of the road, current location and landmarks especially if you are visitor. As pleasant as this may seems especially for tourist and adventurer, this position present some downside which you must consider before trading-off your rear-seat for it.
· First, it leaves you with no privacy between you and driver.
· Second, it leaves you with no much space & freedom which you might need to place your hand-held and other belongings.
· Third, it leaves you in control of only one exit door in event of emergency.
· Finally, this position open’s you up for much heavy impact in cases of collision and crash(Seat belt is crucial!).

Going into the rear-seat has a lots more upsides than down as it
. Gives you privacy to do things you consider private without having the prying eyes of your driver on you easily
. Gives you more space and freedom to place your handbags, gadgets and other belonging while keeping an eye on it
. Gives you control to two exit door either side in case of emergency
. Finally gives you a bit of pride especially if the car is unbranded.

I recommend you go behind front passenger seats position, for this gives you a good view on driver activities, good vision on upcoming vehicle and an eye on speedometer in case you want to monitor current car speed.

4. Asking The Driver How Long It Takes To Reach Destination:

Asking your driver how long it would take to reach your destination is a no! no! no! question to ask if you are a first-time visitor. Why? Because it quickly suggests to driver that it’s your first visit to the area and thereby opens you up for possible misfortune if he does not have your best interest at heart. You may only have to rely at his mercy for whatever happens to you and your belonging.

So rather than asking him that, you may want to answer that question yourself by reaching out to your smartphone and fire up your GPS App to find out the distance online. Also and more importantly monitor your radar to be sure he is heading to your destination. You certainly won’t have much privacy to do all of that without arousing his curiosity if you sit up there in front with him.

Never open yourself up to driver; remember you are dealing with a stranger, someone you are meeting for the very first time. So you’ve got to have some element of doubt in mind.

I would say you install GPS App on your smartphone so you can check online for distance/travel time between source and destination location and as well monitor progression on radar if necessary. You can strip away any nurtured ulterior motives from him by letting him know that a friend is actually waiting to receive you at your destination.

5. Stepping out of Taxicab First before Driver with Luggage in Trunk:

As a passenger, you run the risk of losing your belongings in the car trunk at night journey if you step out first at destination or stop over. A driver with ulterior motives would simple capitalize on your vulnerability and zoom off quickly as soon as you stepped out first.

Regardless of the circumstance that surrounds, always be alert. Make sure you don’t step out first before the driver especially if it’s a first time service from him and not a cab company cabby.

Here’s some tricks; as soon as you arrived at destination, politely tell him to help you out with your luggage in trunk and wait for him to step out and do that first before you step out. Your luggage is literally safe at this point as soon as he has the trunk open and luggage out. It better to always safe than sorry. Be very alert especially at night!

6. Keeping Your Small Bag in Car Trunk:

Our small bags contain some of the most important stuff we carry along during our travels; laptop, document, travel passport, ticket, jewelries, money etc. Having your small bag in trunk leave you out of control, limit your access and as well put you at higher risk of forgetting it especially if you’re in a rushed mode at dropped off location.

This would spell even more doom with a driver with bad intention, as he zoomed off soon as you alight (that’s if you fail to apply advice 5.), leaving you with little/no chance of recovery.

Imagine what happens if your travel passport, documents, money and every other valuable content of your small bag are all gone in a snap during the course of your travel. Don’t let this happen to you!

Always have your small bag besides you when boarding a private taxicab. This would safe you some troubles and give you some control over it. In case of emergency when time is of essence, you can quickly grab your bag and head for exit without wasting valuable time being at the mercy of the driver to have the trunk open to access your bag.

Have your small bag with you always, it doesn’t have to be in the trunk. Its even “light enough” to be placed on your laps. Keep it with you.

7. Falling Asleep during Transit:

I know some might say “Oh! What is he talking about? I can’t get control of this most time; besides can’t one should get fully relax at will and count on delivery after paying for a service?”

You absolutely can i’d say; but trust me you can only count on that if you are using your regular cabby or a known taxicab company otherwise it’s a No! No!! thing to consider if you are using the driver for the very first time and it’s you first time visit to destination. You wouldn’t want to fall asleep only to wake up to realize the driver has driven past your desired location or to an entirely new area.

Always stay awake and alert in other to have some control and not fall victim of circumstance.

8. Becoming too Friendly with Stranger Cabby:

It’s not uncommon to see someone step into a taxicab for a ride and all of a sudden break the ice to begin a conversation with the cabby especially if he/she is a typical extrovert. It always almost happen to most of us.

We know human nature crave association and desire for communication when we found ourselves within a tiny space or domain of few individual. As natural as that might be, you have to be careful and conscious of your communication so you don’t end up dishing out much information about your personal and professional life to a total stranger; someone you don’t know much about, all because of his or your friendly nature.

Let’s face it, this is a stranger, someone you are just meeting for the first time; MY!! You’ve got to have some reservation in your mind. You can chat on the general stuffs if you desire to talk and of course about the ‘at the moment’ scene, action and happenings during the course of the journey and a few other stuff. No too much information. Be careful not to get caught up here!

9. Being Unprepared to Alight Prior to Destination:

Its common to see passengers not prepared to alight just before their step out destination. This put you literally in a rush mode and predisposed to leaving your wallet, phones or other personal belong which must have slipped out of pocket during the course of your journey.

Just before your destination location; try to checked yourself to be sure everything you stepped in with is with you; that you don’t leave anything behind as you step out at final destination. Doing this would put you in control and ensure that everything is with you.

10. Telling the Driver to Speed Even More :

This is one of the most horrible mistakes done by most passengers when in for a ride. Here, you see passengers asking the driver to hit the gas pedal even harder beyond normal travel speed in other to catch up with late appointment, meetings, flight schedules and so on. This single act put the two of you and every other persons in the vehicle in higher jeopardy with possible unforeseen circumstance like tire burst, brake failure and other looming doomed that surrounds every car in motion.

You should never request the driver to accelerate beyond comfortable speed level for two reasons except on special cases such as potential attack and life threatening emergency;
. Every driver has a specific speed limit they can comfortable run. Exceeding this speed endangers everyone as he runs the risk of getting out control in slightest loss of concentration.
. Most cars used for taxi do not have full grip and balance to run beyond certain speed effectively without getting a bit swayed and teetered.

The rule of thumb is, always get prepared early enough for your journey, so you don’t put yourself and driver on unnecessary pressure during transit.

11. Being Quiet when Driver Becomes Reckless:

Just as you it appear unsafe to request the driver to speed the car more than expected; being quiet on the other hand when he hit the pedal unnecessarily harder and making unsafe overtaking won’t do you any good too.

Even though you are not behind the wheel, you still reserved a huge control on how you should be driven to your destination “for he who pays the piper…” . Don’t be quiet or afraid of voicing out, to have him in check if its unbecoming.

Cases like this usually happen when the cabby is thinking of dropping you off quickly at destination in other to have his car available for another cash in possible.

Its important to be careful on who you picked for your drop off. Its usually safe to choose your regular driver who understands you better or a cab company because they have a reputation to protect and always strive hard to care first for their customer before themselves.

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Here Are 3 Foods You Should Eat During Travel

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Ditch the greasy gas station food and avoid feeling sluggish on your next road trip or travel. Avoid greasy and heavy meals like fast food and potato chips. These unhealthy fats are slow to digest and can leave you feeling tired and weighed down.

Instead, focus on lighter options that are easier on your stomach and provide sustained energy. Fresh fruits and vegetables, like apples, grapes, carrots, and celery, are perfect. They’re full of water to keep you hydrated and natural sugars for a quick pick-me-up.

While stopping for local food can be fun, it can also disrupt your trip and be expensive.

Prepping your own snacks in reusable containers like Tupperware is a lifesaver. Portion them out beforehand to avoid overindulging, and you’ll have healthy options readily available when hunger strikes.

A major benefit of packing your own snacks is knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body. Pre-packaged snacks and gas station treats are often loaded with hidden sugars, unhealthy fats, and excessive sodium, which can lead to jitters, crashes, and dehydration.

By preparing your own food, you control the quality of the ingredients and choose whole, unprocessed options that will keep you energised for the miles ahead. Check out these three super meals below; they are perfect meals to eat during travel.

1. Overnight oats

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This is a versatile base recipe that can be enjoyed in different ways! It’s healthy and delicious, and it can be easily prepped and stored in the fridge for a quick and convenient meal. Here’s the beauty of it:

You can customise it with your favourite protein source, like grilled chicken, tofu, or even hard-boiled eggs. Add a dollop of nut butter, like peanut butter or almond butter, for a creamy and protein-packed boost.

Feeling like something sweet? Top it off with fresh berries, chopped fruits, or even a sprinkle of dried fruit for a burst of flavour and vitamins. If you prefer a sweeter taste, drizzle on some honey or maple syrup for a touch of natural sweetness.

2. Hard-boiled eggs

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Forget searching for fancy superfoods—eggs might be the champion you’ve been missing. Eggs are a complete protein source, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids your body needs. This makes them perfect for building and repairing muscles and keeping you feeling satisfied.

Eggs are packed with healthy fats that keep you energised and help your body absorb important vitamins. They are a great source of vitamins B2 and B12, which are essential for energy production, brain function, and keeping your nervous system healthy.

String cheese adds another protein punch to your meal. Each stick packs about 7 grammes of protein, making it a delicious and convenient way to boost your daily intake.

Don’t be afraid to add some sweetness! Throwing in some berries, chopped fruits, or even a sprinkle of dried fruit can add a delicious twist and extra vitamins to your meal.

All these make eggs the perfect food to eat during travel.

3. Grilled chicken meals

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Short on time to cook chicken for your road trip? No worries! You can always grab a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the store. It’s a delicious and convenient option.

Healthy road trip essentials

Packing healthy snacks and meals for your road trip is a great way to avoid unhealthy temptations at gas stations and fast food stops. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Plan ahead: Think about the meals and snacks you’ll need for your trip and pack them accordingly.
  • Freeze and pack: Frozen water bottles will double as ice packs to keep your food cold. Pack them in a cooler along with your prepped snacks and meals.
  • Packing smart: Bring reusable containers for your food to avoid waste. Don’t forget reusable cutlery and napkins for easy eating on the go.
Most importantly, have fun!

With a little planning, you can enjoy healthy and delicious food throughout your road trip. Now that you’re prepped, the most important thing is to relax, have fun, and enjoy the adventure!

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11 Cities In The World Named Lagos

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There are actually several cities around the world named Lagos! This can be confusing, especially if you’re travelling. Imagine you’re at an airport and they announce your flight to Lagos.

You board the plane thinking you’re going to the Lagos you have planned for, but then you find out it’s a different Lagos altogether! Cities with the same name are called homonyms.

So, next time you travel to a city named Lagos, be sure it’s the one you intended!

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6 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Lagos

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Are you looking for beautiful places to visit in Lagos? Do you aim to tour the most beautiful places in Lagos? Are you up for relaxation and sightseeing? There is something here for you!

Lagos is a city that oozes with energy. It’s a place where ambition thrives, and the streets hum with the constant movement of people and commerce. But this fast-paced environment isn’t for everyone.

Lagos is notorious for its traffic congestion, and the hustle can be overwhelming. Some nicknamed it Nigeria’s “stress capital,” and it’s easy to wonder why anyone would choose to live there.

The answer lies in Lagos’s duality. Despite the daily challenges, the city offers a vibrant counterpoint. Lagos boasts a rich cultural scene, from buzzing open-air markets to world-class art galleries.

On weekends, residents unwind at beautiful places or explore hidden historical sites after a long week of battling traffic. The city caters to a love for leisure just as much as it does to ambition.

So, if you’re looking for a beautiful place to relax and recharge in Lagos, you won’t be disappointed. The city offers a surprising number of beautiful places. These tranquil spots boast stunning architecture, calming natural beauty, or both.

The most beautiful places to visit in Lagos

1. Nike Art Gallery 

The Nike Art Gallery, run by the famous Nigerian artist Nike Davies, is a must-see for any art lover visiting Lagos. The gallery showcases the best of traditional Nigerian art, with pieces displayed in their original form alongside more modern works. This creates a fascinating contrast, letting you explore the evolution of Nigerian art through the ages.

Stepping inside the Nike Art Gallery is like stepping into a beautiful world of creativity. The traditional and contemporary artworks all come together to create a stunning atmosphere that celebrates artistic beauty, cultural heritage, and a pure love for art. The gallery itself is a feast for the eyes, with gorgeous interiors that provide a perfect backdrop for the artwork.

The Nike Art Gallery even offers tours to nearby Yoruba towns, giving you a deeper dive into Nigerian culture. But even if you don’t take a tour, a visit to the gallery will leave you feeling enriched and inspired by the beauty of Nigerian art.

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2. Lekki Leisure Lake

Looking for a fun family outing in Lagos? Look no further than Lekki Leisure Lake! This private lake resort, located on the Lekki Peninsula, offers a variety of activities to suit all interests and budgets.

Lekki Leisure Lake operates on a “pay-as-you-go” system, so you can choose the activities that fit your spending plan. A day trip to the lake promises fun and laughter for everyone.

Feeling adventurous? Ride on the wave boats and test your skills against the lake’s waves. Want to relax and enjoy the scenery with loved ones? Opt for a pontoon boat, and cruise for a peaceful ride across the lake.

For an adrenaline rush, jet skis are available for those seeking a high-powered adventure. Riding with a partner can double the fun.

The beautiful surroundings add to the overall appeal of Lekki Leisure Lake. The serene lake itself is a picture of tranquillity, while colourful furniture and a variety of leisure activities create a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.

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3. Freedom Park

Lagos’ Freedom Park offers a blend of history, nature, and relaxation. It was once a colonial prison. The park is now transformed into a beautiful space to celebrate Nigeria’s independence on its 50th anniversary.

You’ll find serene gardens with exotic plants walking through Freedom Park. These peaceful spaces provide a place for reflection. This allows you to ponder the park’s history while appreciating the beauty of nature.

The park also features monuments and structures that serve as reminders of the colonial era. For history buffs, guided tours are available to go deeper into the stories behind each site.

Despite its rich history and tranquil atmosphere, Freedom Park remains a hidden gem. Many haven’t yet discovered the beauty and significance held within its gates.

So, if you’re looking for a place to learn, relax, and appreciate Nigerian history, Freedom Park is a must-visit.

Freedom Park

4. Jhalobia Recreational Parks and Garden

Jhalobia is a paradise of meticulously planned gardens. It is considered one of the city’s most stunning green spaces.

Wander through displays of colourful flowers and exotic plants, each meticulously arranged. Relaxing waterfalls, gentle fountains, and peaceful ponds complete the tranquil atmosphere.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast seeking serenity or simply need a break from the hustle and bustle, Jhalobia offers a haven of peace.

Unwind with a picnic on the sprawling lawns, breathe in the fresh air, and reconnect with your natural side. Jhalobia’s picturesque setting is also a popular choice for outdoor weddings in Lagos.

Jhalobia Recreational Parks and Garden: 6 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Lagos | Fab.ng

5. National Theatre & Museum

Lagos’ National Theatre is a cultural hub that houses two important institutions: the National Theatre and the National Museum. Both are dedicated to showcasing Nigeria’s rich artistic heritage and cultural identity.

The National Museum is a treasure trove of Nigerian art. Here you’ll find stunning pieces from various eras and civilizations. It offers a glimpse into the artistic styles that have shaped the country throughout history. The museum’s collection also includes archaeological and ethnographic exhibits which provide a deeper understanding of Nigeria’s past and her people.

Meanwhile, the National Theatre is a performing arts venue with a 5,000-seat capacity. This impressive space has hosted countless notable performances, making it a vital platform for Nigerian artists and entertainers.

it is situated in Onikan. Anyone interested in Nigerian culture, art, and history must visit this place.

National Theatre & Museum: 6 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Lagos | Fab.ng

6. La Campagne Tropicana

Escape the city and unwind at La Campagne Tropicana, an exotic beach resort where the Atlantic Ocean meets the shore. This unique resort embraces African culture and tradition, reflected in its design and overall atmosphere.

La Campagne Tropicana has stunning ocean views, creating a picture-perfect backdrop for relaxation. But it’s not all about lounging on the beach! The resort offers a variety of fun activities to help you de-stress and forget the daily grind.

So, if you’re looking for a getaway that blends cultural immersion with an idyllic beach escape, La Campagne Tropicana is the perfect destination.

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Every place we’ve mentioned has two things in common: stunning architecture that will leave you speechless, and amazing things to do. Whether you want to escape Lagos traffic, unwind from the city’s fast pace or feel the most beautiful places in Lagos, these spots offer a variety of fun activities to help you relax and recharge.

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